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Homebuyer Beware

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We are in a tough market right now when it comes to real estate.  There are many choices when it comes to houses and many choices for mortgages.  It’s important to be diligent about protecting our homes and our credit rating.  Peter G, Miller offers these tips in his book “The Common Sense Mortgage: How to Cut the Cost of Home Ownership by $50,000 or More” :

Types of mortgages you should avoid:

  • 125 to 150 Percent Financing. If property values decline and you must sell, you’ll be in the red.
  • Balloon Loans. If you can’t make the balloon payment, can’t sell the home, aren’t eligible to refinance, or are otherwise unable to meet the balloon’s terms you’ll be in for a rude awakening from the American Dream. You could lose your home and your credit standing.
  • Land Contracts. You need a real estate attorney to understand its components.
  • Prepayment Penalty Mortgages. Amounting to as much as six months interest on the outstanding loan balance or 1.5 percent of the original loan balance, prepayment penalties can cut into the savings from a refinance.
  • 40-year Mortgages. Longer terms, mean cheaper payments but total costs could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars more over the life of the loan.

I am not a mortgage specialist but in this day of foreclosures and predatory lending I can offer this advice.  Look into the reputability of any mortgage company or bank that you are even considering doing business with.  Check out there reliability report with the Better Business Bureau.  Ask friends or family for referrals to companies they’ve worked with in the past.  Its a great time to be a buyer but beware, there are lenders out there that are not in looking out for your best interest.  Its best to get pre-qualified before shopping for a home.  This avoids a mad rush to get financed after you’ve already found “the perfect home”.   

Small Business, Big Support

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Have you ever had a question about running a business but you weren’t sure who to ask?  It may be something as simple as “What options do I have for collecting on a bad check?” or as complicated as “How do I make a great Business Plan?”.   At some time in your business, if it hasn’t happened yet it will, you will be in a position where you need to get the opinions of your peers. 

 Start Up Nation is a great place to start.  This site has many forums available for small business owners and offers topics like:

» Business Financing

» Business Models

» Business Planning

» Business Technology

» Home-Based Business

» Inventing

» Life Planning

» Marketing

» Running a Business  

Start Up Nation has been an invaluable resource for me in my new business.   I would recommend it for anyone who has begun or is considering beginning a home based business or entrepreneurial venture. 

Tools to make your business more efficient

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Here are some resources I have found that will help any small business work more efficiently.  Some of these sites I have personal experience with and some I’ve had recommended by others.  If you’ve found any sites or programs that you think would be a helpful resource please add it by submitting comments to this post. 

  •  With Email Marketing from Constant Contact, you can create effective and surprisingly affordable email communications that make your small business look more professional.
  • Unlike any other CRM software available on the market today, Infusion CRM is a comprehensive, active CRM built specifically for marketers, entrepreneurs and successful small businesses that recognize marketing and automation are necessary to growing quickly and profitably.
  • The easiest way to build, target, send and track email marketing newsletters and direct mail postcards online.  Vertical Response
  • With PrinterAnywhere you can print documents and photos on other people’s printers as easily as on the local one connected to your machine.
  • RoboForm is the top-rated Password Manager and Web Form Filler that completely automates password entering and form filling

 

Why virtual assistance and why real estate?

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I’ve loved the real estate industry with all its bumps and road blocks since 1998 when I received my real estate license in Arizona. When I had my third child I no longer had the time or the desire for a career outside the home let alone one as demanding as real estate.  I’ve been home with my kids for 7 years now and I’ve had the opportunity during that time to explore work-from-home options ranging from Direct Sales to Computer Tutoring.  In November 2006 I met a wonderful friend named Rosanna Tussey who introduced me to the world of Virtual Assistance.  She has mentored me to success and for that I am eternally grateful.

This new venture opened a world of opportunity for me to contribute to the success of several things in my life.  First it has allowed me to contribute to the success of my family.  Working from home has given me the opportunity to enhance the bond I have with my children through home schooling.  This has been an amazing experience. Second it has allowed me to contribute to the success of my home.  Being able to contribute financially has been very rewarding for me.  Lastly it has allowed me to contribute to the success of my clients.  Though the tasks may seem small at times, the impact these things can have on a small business owner can be tremendous.    

I find my job very rewarding and I look forward to continuing down this path for many years.  I wish for the opportunity I’ve been given to be available to all who can dream big enough to pursue it.  I once heard it said that if you find something that you love to do, you’ll never work a day in your life.  I finally agree.